Yup, spring brings the emails from my Galloway Group saying registration is open for the 2013 training season. But this year will be slightly different - I'll be registering as a PGL (Pace Group Leader)! The PGLs from last year are taking a break from running, so they won't be returning and our group needed some new leaders! So our main group leaders asked me if I'd be interested in taking one of the PGL spots. I told them I would, but voiced some reservations I had (I'd like to get a little faster, will "only" be training for halfs, plus I'll be out of town 8 weekends during the training season) - just wanted to make sure they knew what they were getting!
Well, either they were ok with my limitations or they were desperate for a warm body - either way they still wanted me! So I officially registered as a PGL Monday morning and sent out my first group email reminding everyone that registration is open! I feel very grown up, lol.
I'm definitely going to have to be a little more on top of things this season than I usually am for our weekend runs. One of the awesome things about being in a training group (besides the company and the camaraderie) was not having to plan out the route - I usually just showed up and followed the masses. Can't do that now - I'll be one of the ones being followed! And some mornings I'll have to leave early and put out coolers for the water stops and swing by after the run and pick them up.
Despite the small amount of additional responsibility, I'm really looking forward to starting group training again - it's amazing how much motivation having the accountability of the group provides - and it MAKES you get out of bed for those long Saturday morning runs!